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  • Working party planning meeting

    If you would like to be 'one of the workers' please come along to the Shoulder of Mutton, Playhatch on Tuesday 4 March from 8pm.

    We are holding an informal meeting at which we will be finalising details for the working parties which have been arranged as follows:

    • the weekend of 8/9 March: preparation/creating a new entrance from Tagg Lane with large gate/postholes
    • Sunday 16 March: more hole digging & planting(?)
    • Saturday 22 March: planting (to be confirmed)
    • Saturday 29 March: planting/follow-up (to be confirmed)
  • Orchard plan


    Nick Marks has prepared a splendid orchard plan for us.

    Using a combination of apples, cherries and plums, plus the bonus of a pair of decorative mullberries, a quince and a medlar, the design begins with the earliest known apple, Malus Kirgishorun and proceeds via Mrs Phillimore to a set of locally connected and interesting historical varieties.

    Four cherries are close to the road, where their blossom will be seen to advantage, and the planting scheme includes cider and perry apples.

    A central path which leads to a bench has dwarf trees on either side and it divides the apples from the plums and cherries which are arranged on a different axis.

    See the full zoomable PDF file

  • Community orchard working parties planned


    Provisional dates were set for our first working parties at a very successful planning meeting on 4 February. They are as follows:

    • Sunday 16 March: site preparation
    • Saturday 22 March: first planting day?
    • Saturday 29 March: follow-up

    We are hoping to have at least a dozen volunteers at these sessions when it should be possible to plant some trees- so please turn up if you can! Facilities should be available in the village hall. Further plantings of rare trees will be made of the rarer trees next winter.

    A planting scheme has been prepared: these poles represent the likely future heights and placement of the trees. A plan will appear on this site soon.

    A gate which will allow vehicles to access the site is also planned for Tagg Lane and grant applications are being invesitgated.

    Full minutes of the meeting are here: 08-02-04_orchard.doc